LANDSCAPING AND PLACEMAKING
A range of cycle-friendly green and public open spaces will be created as part of the scheme, providing a dynamic and memorable addition to this exceptional location to be enjoyed by all.
Over 12,500 sq m of new public realm will link all elements of the scheme where people can easily walk from venue to venue or simply spend time relaxing and enjoying the view.
144 trees will be planted to create verdant green spaces for wildlife to flourish and to give a range of seasonal colour which will line the routes and frame the spaces.
Plans also include outdoor flexible event spaces which will host community activities and promotional performances, elevated viewpoints to the River Tyne, 40 new seating areas and integrated public art.
A core feature of the design is navigation and accessibility for everyone where the new areas include paved walkways along the river, 24 hour accessible lifts and escalators as well as sign posting green roofs on some of the buildings.
Our approach to the landscape and public realm has been informed by an in-depth understanding of the site’s history, geology, micro-climate and structure as well as the functional requirements of the new development. Listening to the people who already live, work, study and visit the neighbouring buildings and spaces has helped to focus our thinking and influence our proposals.
By creating spaces which are comfortable and inviting, people will be encouraged to visit and enjoy this new landscaped part of the city.